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Movie review: Sly & Arnold play a macho duet in 'Escape Plan'
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Weirdly entertaining in spite of itself, "Escape Plan" is either the smartest dumb movie or the dumbest smart movie ever made.

Sylvester Stallone plays Ray Breslin, a security expert whose job is escaping from prisons to point out their weaknesses. The CIA offers Breslin a job, to bust out of a super-secret facility for undocumented terrorists and other riffraff.

Once inside, Breslin learns he's been double-crossed and must deal with a nasty warden (Jim Caviezel), a vindictive guard (Vinnie Jones) and a high-tech security arrangement. In Breslin's corner is a cagey old inmate, Rottmayer, played by Stallone's old action rival, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Director Mikael Håfström ("The Rite," "1408") arranges much of the "action" around watching Stallone thinking, before remembering that's not what an audience wants in a Stallone/Schwarzenegger matchup.

The macho old war horses play off each other well, all grimaces and tough-guy dialogue, before getting to the business of a convoluted and ridiculously violent finale.

movies@sltrib.com; http://www.sltrib.com/entertainment

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'Escape Plan'

Opens Friday, Oct. 18, at theaters everywhere; rated R for violence and language throughout; 116 minutes.

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